Published by Chris Roberts on December 16, 2020

Day 11 Advent Devotional – Joy to the World

Day 11 – Joy to the World

READ Psalm 98.

Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Isaac Watts published those lyrics in 1719, but they weren’t originally a Christmas song. They were a poem based on Psalm 98. Even though the song wasn’t initially about Jesus’ birth, the theme does apply. Jesus’ purpose in coming was not to judge, but to save. It may not be Check out this version of the song by for King and Country (and check out the rest of their album):

I’m sure many have heard of my rule of not listening to Christmas music before Thanksgiving, but I would listen to this year round (it’s technically not Christmas music after all).

Joy surrounds Jesus’ birth. Prior to Jesus’ birth, John leapt for joy in Elizabeth’s womb. Mary expressed joy in her song of praise (which we’ll read tomorrow). Following Jesus’ birth, the angels proclaimed “good tiding of great joy.” The shepherds responded to their worship with great joy and actions. Joy was woven throughout the events of Jesus’ birth.

Jesus’ birth results in joy for us today too! While we were lost in sin, Jesus died for us. As God, He laid down His life for us, providing us the gift of eternal life. That is a cause for eternal joy!